Thailand says Rajapaksa seeks visit, not seeking asylum

More than eight months before the economic crisis and widespread protests prompted him to flee Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivered his national statement at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, UK on November 1, 2021. By Andy Buchanan/Pool REUTERS/File photo

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BANGKOK, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Thailand has received a request from former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to visit the country, but he has no intention of seeking political asylum, Thailand’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Ministry spokesperson Tani Sangat said Thailand saw no problem in Rajapaksa’s entry on a diplomatic passport, which would have allowed him to stay for 90 days. He did not say when Rajapakse would visit.

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Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Writing by Martin Petty; Edited by Andrew Havens

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